The reaction of House GOP caucus members to Sam Moore’s bill to eliminate loitering and prowling as crimes from the Georgia code – allowing those with convictions of sex crimes in schools and day care centers, is coming swiftly. Thus far, the Majority Leader, Rules Chairman, Majority Whip, and Caucus Chairman have taken the well to denounce the bill and proclaim it as offensive and an embarrassment.
The hear of the issue was captured in this morning’s Cherokee Tribune:
Moore, in his first week in office, has turned in a bill that would overturn the crime of loitering and make it so registered sex offenders who aren’t otherwise barred from going to schools or places children gather could go to those places freely.
“I am OK with that,” Moore said Thursday, adding that he meant only those who were off parole and not barred from those places. “The reason I’m OK with that is the assumption is they have done their time. If they’re still a danger to society, they should not be free. … Am I saying it’s not creepy? It’s definitely creepy.”
The following press release is being sent by Rep John Pezold, which seems to capture the sentiment:
“I am shocked and appalled anyone would suggest that pedophiles should be allowed to loiter near day care centers, schools- the places where our children learn and play. If Mr. Moore’s mission was to come down to the state Capitol and alienate his colleagues by staking out positions that no one in their right mind could agree with, he can now hang a mission accomplished banner behind him because he has done just that.”
If Sam Moore wanted everyone’s attention, he has it. I hope he enjoys the island he has placed himself on, because he is persona non grata in the Georgia House this morning.